The MV Matanuska is named after the Matanuska Glacier, which is located in South Central Alaska and is the largest glacier in Alaska accessible by road, via the Glenn Highway. The name was derived from the Russian term for the Copper River people. The vessel was designed by Phillip F. Spaulding and Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock in Seattle in 1963. The MV Matanuska was one of three sister ships that made up the original AMHS fleet. After fifteen years in operation, the ship underwent lengthening and renovation at the Willamette Iron and Steel Company in Portland, Oregon.
MV Matanuska is 408 feet long and 74 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 3,029 and a service speed of 16.5 knots. The MV Matanuska is designed to carry 450 passengers and has a vehicle capacity of 1,675 linear feet, which is equal to approximately 83 twenty-foot vehicles. There are 5 21 three-berth, and 79 two-berth cabins, as well as 1 wheelchair-accessible cabin. View our Vessel Information Table for more statistical information.
The MV Matanuska onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated lockers, writing and quiet lounges, and a child's play area. Fresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. Coin operated ice machines and microwaves are also available. Click on the image to start a slideshow of all deck plans on the MV Matanuska.
Cabin Types & Descriptions
Two Berth Cabins: The MV Matanuska is equipped with 2-berth cabins as well as at least one 2-berth accessible cabin. ADA cabins are modified to accommodate wheelchair access in the entire cabin space. Click here to to see the layouts of the 2-berth cabins on MV Matanuska.
Three & Four Berth Cabins: The MV Matanuska is equipped with 3-berth and 4-berth cabins. Click here to to see the layouts of the 4-berth cabins on MV Matanuska.